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Ferro, Evans Win 4th Delegate District seats

November 7, 2012
By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Incumbent Delegate Mike Ferro, D-Marshall, reclaimed his seat Tuesday, and Republican David Evans will join him in representing West Virginia's 4th District in the House of Delegates for the next two years.

The two bested Democrat David Sidiropolis in a three-way race for two seats on the ballot Tuesday.

Ferro claimed 6,898 votes; Evans, 5,402; and Sidiropolis, 5,161.

Ferro, of McMechen, will serve his third term in the House of Delegates. He currently serves as assistant majority whip and is vice chairman of the House Enrolled Bills committee.

"I think I've earned the right to represent the people in Charleston," Ferro said after receiving news of his victory. "I work hard, I'm accessible and I'm a county guy. I've taught for 35 years and coached for 40.

"I'll keep working as hard as I have for the last four years to represent the people of the 4th District in Marshall and part of Ohio County," he added.

Ferro and his wife, Roseann, have three children and two grandchildren.

Prior to the election, he said, "The state is poised for economic growth ... We can make the area more attractive by having excellent schools in the Northern Panhandle, eliminating and reducing taxes, and having a ready, reliable and capable work force."

Evans, a newcomer to the House, graduated from Glenville State College in 1967 with a double major in social studies and business education. The Cameron resident has coached cross county and track.

"Our state budget is the largest in our state's history," he previously said. "If the programs and costs continue to grow as projected and tax collections aren't higher than expectations, the state will need $4.8 billion next year, or roughly $389 million more than this year. ... I will fight President Obama's 'War on Coal' and work to repeal West Virginia's cap and trade bill, which continues to hurt our coal mining families and has reduced the amount of coal severance taxes our state collects."

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